Columbus Information

Named after the Italian explorer who sailed under the Spanish flag, this city is the largest in Ohio in terms of population with 730,657 (1.7 million in the metropolitan area) and the 15th largest in the country. A lot of growth has been fueled by government jobs (as the state capital), The Ohio State University (one of the largest student populations in the nation) and numerous Fortune 500 companies headquartered here. It is a day's drive from one half of the U.S. population and is located at the intersection of I-70 and I-71.

Some of the city's top choices for visitors include:

Franklin Park Conservatory
1777 East Broad St, Columbus, OH 43203
614-645-8733, 800-214-7275
This conservatory offers 90 acres of international gardens to be enjoyed and explored with some of the habitats you may visit including the Japanese Gardens, the cool Himalayan Mountains, a Pacific Island, a Tropical Rainforest, and a Bonsai Garden. Tours of the facility are offered and a wide range of educational programs are offered.

Schiller Park
1069 Jaeger St, Columbus, OH 43206
Situated on 24 beautiful acres, this park includes the resplendent Huntington Perennial Gardens, a fishing pond, basketball courts, a softball field, a playground, a picnic area, a recreation area, an amphitheater, and four lighted tennis courts. During the summer months, the park offers tennis lessons and hosts the National Junior Tennis League Program for beginners.

The Ohio Statehouse
77 South High St, Columbus, OH 43215
614-752-9777, 888-644-6123
The central focus of a ten acre square, the Statehouse is home to the office of the Governor and the chamber of the House of Representatives. The building is an excellent example of understated Greek Revival style, with noticeable Doric influences, and is listed on the register of National Historic Landmarks. Statues and monuments of interest pepper the ten acres that surround the Statehouse.

Red, White and Boom!
This Independence Day festival includes the largest fireworks display in the Midwest, as well as live music, entertainment, food, children's activities, a parade, and many other fun events for the whole family to enjoy.

Ohio Historical Center
1982 Velma Ave, Columbus, OH 43211
614-297-2300, 800-653-6446
The 1989 Smithsonian Guide to Historic America describes this museum as probably the finest museum in America devoted to pre-European history. The museum includes exhibits of natural history that reach to the murkiest mists of prehistory and studies of the early culture and lifestyles of the human natives that populated the region before the advent of Europeans on the continent of North America.